Sad news sweeps the entertainment world this weekend, with a press release from Sony stating that the company's former chairman, technology pioneer, and avid musician Norio Ohga has passed away at the age of eighty-one.
A key figure in building Sony to where they are today, Norio Ohga can be best credited as the driving force behind establishing optical disk media as the industry standard for media storage and playback. Not only was he the driving force behind the founding of Sony Music and Sony Pictures, but also established Sony Computer Entertainment, the Sony division most of our reader will recognise as the place that gave birth to the Sony PlayStation line of hardware, most of which built on his philosophy of "hardware and software are two wheels on a car".
In the year of 2000 Norio Ohga semi-retired from his head position at Sony to become a 'Chairman of the Board', and then in 2003 retired from Sony, earning the title of 'Honorary Chairmam'. On 23 April 2011 Norio Ohga suffered multiple organ failure, and passed away.
The staff at PALGN would like to send their respects to those affected by this loss. Without Norio Ohga, the gaming industry would be in a very different place, and his valued contributions to the medium wont be forgotten.